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Safe harbor program.
A student-athlete may voluntarily refer him/herself to the sports
medicine staff for evaluation, testing, and counseling for substance
use/abuse. This provision allows a student-athlete to self-report a
substance problem without repercussions of a positive test.
These individuals shall still be required to undergo an evaluation
by the head team physician or his/her designee and a substance
abuse counselor. Cleveland state university staff shall work with
the student-athlete to prepare a safe harbor treatment plan, which
may include confidential drug testing.
The student-athlete shall be tested for banned substances upon
entry into the safe harbor program and such a positive initial test
shall not result in any administrative sanction, though the head
team physician or the head team physician’s designee may suspend
the student-athlete from practice, if medically indicated.
The student athlete’s parent(s) or legal guardian shall be notified of
the entry of their child into the safe harbor program, if under
twenty-one years of age.
A substance abuse counselor will determine the appropriate
form(s) of intervention and rehabilitation needed by the studentathlete on a case-by-case basis. In addition, the student-athlete
shall be financially responsible for any outside treatment or
A student-athlete shall be permitted to remain in the safe harbor
program for a reasonable period of time, not to exceed thirty days,
as determined by the treatment plan. While in compliance with the
safe harbor program treatment plan, the student-athlete shall not be
included in the list of students eligible for random drug testing.
Students in the safe harbor program may be selected for drug
testing by the NCAA.
The safe harbor provision shall be available for the student-athlete
only one time during their athletic eligibility. It shall not be
available after notification of an impending test or after a prior
positive test result as set forth in the Cleveland state university
drug education and screening program policy.
A student-athlete shall not be permitted to enter the safe harbor
program thirty days prior to NCAA or conference postseason
A student-athlete, who enters the safe harbor program but does not
comply with the terms of their rehabilitation, shall be sanctioned
according to post-test procedures for a first positive result.
Thereafter, the student-athlete shall serve the penalty phases for a
second positive, if a positive test occurs in any future testing.
If a student-athlete is determined to have been using, misusing or
abusing substances after the initial safe harbor program treatment,
as determined by follow-up testing, the student-athlete shall be
subject to sanctions and follow-up testing as detailed for a first
positive test result as outlined in the Cleveland state university
drug education and screening policy.
The director of athletics, the associate athletic director for student
affairs, the head athletic trainer, the student-athlete’s head coach
and the team physician may be informed of the student’s
participation in the safe harbor program. The athletic trainer
assigned to that sport may also be notified, if medically
appropriate. The assistant coach(es) may also be informed at the
discretion of the head coach. Other university employees may be
informed only the extent necessary for the implementation of this
Policy Name:
Policy Number:
Board Approved:
Safe harbor program.